Blade Runner’s ominous home intruder tweet posted months before he ‘shot girlfriend four times’: Pistorius to spend night in police cells after being charged with model’s murder
- Incident happened at his Pretoria mansion, north of Johannesburg
- Dead woman is former FHM model Reeva Steenkamp
- She was shot several times in the head, chest and the arm
- Neighbours woken at 4am with ‘screaming and shouting’
- Pistorius believed to have told police he thought she was an intruder
- Media reporting it could have been a Valentine’s Day surprise gone wrong
- Celebrated sprinter is in police custody before a court hearing tomorrow
- Officers have visited his house before over alleged ‘domestic incidents’
Paralympic superstar Oscar Pistorius tweeted how he went into ‘full combat recon mode’ after mistaking his washing machine for an intruder, less than four months before his girlfriend was shot dead in the middle of the night.
The sprinter was today preparing to spend the night in jail before appearing in court first thing tomorrow morning after being charged with the murder of 30-year-old FHM model Reeva Steenkamp.
Steenkamp, who had been dating the 26-year-old Pistorius for two months, was shot four times in the head, chest and arm inside his mansion in Pretoria, South Africa at 4am.
In a message posted on Twitter on November 27 last year Pistorius wrote: ‘Nothing like getting home to hear the washing machine on and thinking its an intruder to go into full combat recon mode into the pantry!’
The athlete may have killed his girlfriend with a handgun kept next to his bed after a Valentine’s Day surprise went tragically wrong and he thought she was a burglar, sources have said.
But police say her death is being treated as murder, adding that officers had been sent to previous incidents of a ‘domestic nature’ at his address on the exclusive Silver Woods gated estate.
Brigadier Denise Beukes said neighbours were woken by ‘screaming and shouting’ at the time of the shooting and police were ‘very surprised’ by the intruder suggestion, telling reporters: ‘These allegations did not come from us.’
Pistorius is in custody and was due in court this afternoon but the hearing has now been delayed to 7am (GMT) tomorrow to allow forensics more time to work in his home.